Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chip technology for networked car goes into production – tecChannel


Photo: MBtech

Photo: MBtech

Intelligent, each connected vehicles will provide greater road safety. This is the hope of the industry. The semiconductor manufacturer NXP, the imaginary for chips now in mass production here.

The Netherlands Chip specialist NXP is in developing technology for networked cars a progressed important step. For use in production vehicles called Link Road chipsets are the first mass-produced, the semiconductor manufacturer said on Wednesday. NXP is supplying its products to the automotive supplier Delphi Automotive. Thus, motorists should continue untern others can be warned about dangerous sources automatically, are still outside its field of view. In about two years, the first equipped with the intelligent communications capabilities vehicles will not be on the roads, it said.
 The equipped with V2V technology Cadillac CTS (model 2015) informs the driver before this the oncoming vehicle can see.

equipped with V2V technology Cadillac CTS (model 2015) informs the driver before this can see the oncoming vehicle
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Delphi entered into a partnership for the distribution of the new platform with General Motors. The American car company had announced at the auto show in Detroit that the new models of the Cadillac brand will continue with SMART-communication technology. In Germany NXP had conducted field trials together with Daimler and BMW and the supplier Continental.

From the communication between vehicles and between vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure, developers and transportation experts expect more security and a better utilization of roads . So could be warned for example before a curve by another vehicle about an accident or a dangerous point a vehicle. “You can see through obstacles so to speak,” said Torsten Lehmann, Senior Vice President of NXP. In the communication between vehicles and infrastructure could be about using traffic lights additional information, such as forward as speed restrictions.

When building the technology one is of course dependent on existing infrastructure, Lehmann said. “This gives the typical chicken and egg problem.” The public sector, the automakers and the technology industry are involved. “This is a complex ecosystem.” In addition, such developments would unlike many devices from consumer electronics to be tested extremely robust.

Meanwhile, the policy in the EU but have agreed to speed up the development of intelligent transportation routes. According to a 2013 memorandum of understanding signed Germany had agreed with Austria and the Netherlands, to build the first applications such as construction warnings and traffic detection across borders.

For the development of the now going into series chipsets NXP is working with the Australian start-up Cohda Wireless together, where also the network equipment supplier Cisco holds shares. Cohda provides the platform for the app software, which has a particularly stable, for the traffic exchange network specialized works (IEEE 802.11p). The integration in the car take the car maker. As with the systems, a channel will open the car into first, was also the question of the security of the data is of particular importance, Lehmann said. NXP am counting a technology similar to bank cards or passports. (Dpa / mb)


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